- ISBN: 0375724370 (pbk.) :
- Description: 311 p. ; 21 cm.
- Edition: 1st Vintage international ed.
- Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, 2001.
- Awards: Kiriyama Pacific Rim Book Prize for Fiction, 2000
- 2 of 2 copies available at NOBLE (All Libraries).
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|Library||Location||Call Number||Status||Due Date|
|Bunker Hill Community College||Reading Enrichment||ReadEnr PR9199 .O5 A84 2000 (Text to Phone)||Available||-|
|Gordon College||Stack Level 4||PR 9199.3 .O5 A84 2000 (Text to Phone)||Available||-|
|General Note:|| Winner of the Kiriyama Pacific Rim Book Prize for Fiction for 2000
|Bibliography, etc. Note:|| Includes bibliographical references (p. -311).
|Summary:|| Anil Tessira, a 33-year-old native Sri Lankan who left her country 15 years before, is a forensic pathologist sent by the U.N. human rights commission to investigate reports of mass murders on the island. Atrocities are being committed by three groups: the government, anti-government insurgents, and separatist guerrillas. Working secretly, these warring forces are decimating a population paralyzed by pervasive fear. Taciturn archeologist Sarath Diyasena is assigned by the government to be Anil's partner; at 49, he is emotionally withdrawn from the chaotic contemporary world, reserving his passion for the prehistoric shards of his profession. Together, Anil and Sarath discover that a skeleton interred among ancient bones in a government-protected sanctuary is that of a recently killed young man. Anil defiantly sets out to document this murder by identifying the victim and then making an official report. Throughout their combined forensic and archeological investigation, detailed by Ondaatje with the meticulous accuracy readers will remember from descriptions of the bomb sapper's procedures in The English Patient, Sarath remains a mysterious figure to Anil. Her confusion about his motives is reinforced when she meets his brother, Gamini, an emergency room doctor who is as intimately involved in his country's turmoil as Sarath refuses to be. The lives of these characters, and of others in their orbits, emerge circuitously, layer by layer. In the end, Anil's moral indignation--and her innocence--place her in exquisite danger, and Sarath is moved to a life-defining sacrifice.
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